- One-year full-time postgraduate course
- For students looking to secure a job as a director in entrepreneurial or professional capacities
- Highly practical course with an opportunity to do up to seven directing exercises, including a short form project for an external industry client and a final Master’s project
- Our recent graduates have won multiple awards at festivals including London Short Film Festival, Aesthetica Short Film Festival and The East End Film Festival
This course is industry recognised by ScreenSkills, the industry-led skills body for the UK’s screen-based industries, and carries the ScreenSkills Select quality-mark which indicates courses best suited to prepare students for a career in the screen industries.
The MA Directing course equips you with a comprehensive skillset to work across all screen platforms – film, TV, commercials and online. During your studies you’ll do a unique industry project that will give you real-life experience with external clients, not offered by any other film school in the world.
- Practical. 70% of the curriculum is practical, hands-on experience. You will have an opportunity to work with professional actors, shoot on location and participate in moving camera exercises
- Teamwork. Work collaboratively with students on other MA courses (Cinematography, Screenwriting, Producing etc.) as a creative crew to mirror the industry practice. Experience what it takes to deliver the project from start to finish, and develop your communication, negotiation, and project management skills
- Real-life experience. Learn the importance of working to a creative brief as a director while doing a project for an external company. Our students have worked with companies like Mad Dog Casting, The Imaginarium, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube and many others
- Industry-facing. Learn from the best industry professionals, including Cinematographers, Casting Directors, Location Managers and Production Designers. Our recent guest speakers include Oscar-winning directors: James Marsh (The Theory Of Everything) and Pawel Pawlikowski (Ida)
- Screen Lab. You will participate in seminars and workshops covering a range of topics, including practical filmmaking skills, creative brainstorming, a survey of concepts underpinning moving image theory, and the state of the creative industries. At the end of the module, you will shoot a mini filmed project on an iPhone/Android, focusing on the primacy of content in the Say Something! exercise.
- Directing Boot Camp. You will study key creative and technical skills that anchor the director’s craft and provide the foundation for more advanced techniques. Through seminars, workshops, and practical exercises you will investigate the fundamentals of dramaturgy and narrative construction, mise-en-scène, visual storytelling and directing actors.
- The Actor and the Story. Through seminars, workshops and a series of practical exercises with professional actors, you will explore the symbiotic relationship between the writer’s intention, the director’s interpretation and the actor’s instinct to learn how to elicit engaging and truthful performances.
- Director’s Craft and Creative Collaboration. You will learn the importance of the collaborative relationship between directors and key Heads of Departments, including the Cinematographer, 1st AD, Producer, Editor, Casting Director and Production Designer. During this module, you will have the opportunity to direct projects for external companies.
- Advanced Visual Storytelling. You will participate in the moving camera exercise, where you will work alongside fellow students on location with professional crew and actors. You will also have the opportunity to experiment with a visual research project to help you develop any craft area that you want to explore further. This could be used as a testing ground for your final Master’s project.
- Research and Project Methods. You will explore key academic concepts and theories that establish the link between research and your creative practice, enabling you to improve the quality of your work.
- Master’s Project. It is a largely self-directed module during which you will work under the guidance of a faculty advisor towards the development of a final filmed project directed by you.
Dates & Prices
- 4 October 2021 — 28 October 2022
Course fees include:
Tuition, production equipment and support, first aid and health & safety training, production and post production facilities, access to industry masterclasses and networking.
Duration: One Year, Full-Time
You might be eligible for a postgraduate loan. Find out more.
-Voices That Matter Scholarship 2021. Find out more.
*Subject to annual price review
Simon Shore – Programme Leader MA Directing
Simon Shore is a BAFTA-winning screen professional with 25 years of experience in film, television and education. He graduated from the Royal College of Art and directed television dramas and documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4. Full Profile
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